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Americans owe approximately $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 45 million borrowers. That’s about $521 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt. Photo courtesy of Damir/

Tips for managing student loan debt

Student loan debt is a fact of life for many college graduates and their parents, with borrowers owing approximately $1.6 trillion in federal and private student loans in 2019.

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Children often struggle to express their grief after losing a loved one, but Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care is looking to offer children a unique way to process their emotions after loss with Camp HeartSong. This June, 14 campers were able to take part in the camp and bond with other children with similar experiences. Photos courtesy of CTMC

Camp HeartSong: helping children grieve

When it comes to the loss of a loved one, children can be one of the most misunderstood and underserved groups.

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Humans aren't the only animal that can get dehydrated with the rising summer temperatures. Providing a shady birdbath is a nice treat for lots of local wildlife. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: Summertime Living

It’s summertime and the living is not easy, especially for birds without water. I’m told some birds are using pot holders to pull up the worms. Do all your avian

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Although adult squash vine borer moths (left) are pollinators, they have the unfortunate habit of laying their tiny copper-colored eggs (right) on squash plants. After the eggs hatch, the larvae chew their way inside the squash plant’s stem and slowly eat the plant to death. Photos courtesy of Joe Urbach

Growth in gardening: Dealing with squash vine borer

I am asked that question many times every year. First of all, if you don’t know about squash vine borer and you live in Texas, you’re either very lucky or

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Dancers led by Head Gourd Dancer Dennis Begay (center) dance in the arena to an inter-tribal song during the 2017 Sacred Springs Powwow. Daily Record file photos

2019 Sacred Springs Powwow

In 1995, when local music legend, attorney, and entrepreneur Lucky Tomblin produced the Sacred Springs Powwow in San Marcos, Native Americans in Texas knew they had a home where the


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